Pilar 1934

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Pilar desk model by Abordage Expand

Buy this very cute model of Ernest Hemingway's fishing boat, the Pilar that comes in a protective display case. Just perfect for your desktop or a collection.

38.7 cm Large x 14 cm Width x 20.6 cm Height or 15" L x 5.5" W x 8" H ( display case )

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$299.00

After the large scale model of 24" LOA. ( 60 cm ), Abordage presents you its latest version of the Pilar also painted "pirates black" as in her original version.

Size38.7 cm Large x 14 cm Width x 20.6 cm Height ( display case )
Year1934
Historic NoteFirst built in 1934 by the Wheeler Shipyard in New York City, the Pilar has preserved the art of plank-on-frame wood boat construction for almost 100 years.

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Pilar 1934

Pilar 1934

William Starling Burgess no doubt inherited his love of boats and sailing from his father as well as  his sharp analytical mind. He also acquired his precise and sensitive feeling for lines and forms from Nathanael Herreshoff, his “Uncle Nat”. But when the young Starling informed Herreshoff of his intention to become a naval architect, “the Wizard of Bristol” took umbrage.

When Mike Vanderbilt contacted him to build a new defender for the 1934 challenge, time was very short. No matter ! He started on the rough drafts of the plans at end of 1931 and Rainbow very nearly failed in the face of a faster challenger, Endeavour.

Starling Burgess came out of it quite well, Charles Nicholson even offering him the plans of his champion. His gesture was to prove quite unwise.

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